April 21, 2016
Jorge Chueco, lawyer of the detained Kirchnerite businessman Lázaro Báez, will face questioning today after arriving in Buenos Aires. He was arrested on Tuesday by Paraguayan police authorities, who said yesterday they had detained him after he demonstrated “suspicious behaviour” while staying at a hotel in Encarnación, a few kilometres from the Argentine border.
Speaking after Chueco’s swift return to Argentina for questioning in the aftermath of his arrest, Chief Inspector Julio Cáceres of Paraguay’s Federal Police dismissed suggestions that Chueco had been close to attempting suicide while on the run, but said his actions while staying at the hotel in central Encarnación had alerted authorities.
“We have no information that he attempted suicide in the hotel or tried to jump from the room, but we do know that while he was at the hotel the police were notified because he exhibited suspicious behaviour and because he failed to pay for the room,” Cáceres said.
He also provided information detailing Chueco’s movements over the last few days, having last been seen at the Iguazú National Park in Argentina eight days ago and then declared a “missing person” by the Security Ministry soon afterwards.
April 22, 2016
But for the intervention of other lawyers in court, Mr Danladi Umar, the Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal affirmed that he would have sent Raphael Oluyede, a lawyer in the defence team of Bukola Saraki, the President of Nigerian Senate who is standing trial on 13-count charge of false declaration of assets to prison.
Kanu Agabi, the lead defence counsel was not in court when there was an exchange of words between the Tribunal Chairman and Oluyede on Thursday morning.
The exchange of words was over an application filed by the lawyer.
Oluyede had in the application asked Mr. Umar to disqualify himself from hearing the suit against Saraki over allegations that he is also being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC which is also leading the prosecution of the Senate President.
The exchange of words had degenerated into arguments during which Mr. Umar threatened to send the lawyer to prison for contempt.
April 22, 2016
The ICJ welcomes the decision of the Almaty City Court in favour of Ayman Umarova, a lawyer who received repetitive demands from the investigative authorities to testify as a witness in a case in which she represented a client.
The Court decided that those demands were contrary to the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Earlier this month, on 8 April, Umarova (photo) had challenged the official summons of Baurzhan Muzhikov, the head of an investigative group of the Anti-Corruption Service of Almaty, to testify as a witness.
The Medeu Regional Court confirmed the lawfulness of such demands, concluding that it was not related to her professional activity.
On 18 April, the Appeals Collegium of the Almaty City Court overturned the decision of the Medeu Regional Court.
Umarova was represented in the case by 28 lawyers as a demonstration of solidarity by the profession.
le 22 avril, 2016
Les avocats turcs Ramazan Demir et Ayse Acinikli sont emprisonnés depuis le 6 avril pour avoir exercer leur métier. Si la situation n’est pas nouvelle, elle empire. Tout défenseur des libertés peut, dans le pays, subir une répression arbitraire de la part d’Ankara. Le barreau de Paris et le Conseil national des barreaux saisissent l’ONU.
Il se trouve qu’un avocat vient de faire condamner son pays, et que cet avocat est en prison. Un total de 115 000 €, attribués le 16 avril par le tribunal administratif numéro 4 d’Istanbul, à un jeune homme victime de violences policières. L’avocat est placé à l’isolement depuis le 7 avril, à la prison de Silivri en Turquie. Il est au courant de cette décision.
Avant d’être arrêté et placé en détention provisoire, Me Ramazan Demir a semé des procédures un peu partout. Au moins 24 requêtes qu’il a rédigées entre le 22 mars et le 6 avril, jour de son arrestation, ont atterri sur les bureaux de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme (CEDH) et des dizaines d’écritures que ses confrères plaideront devant les juridictions turques s’il reste enfermé. « C’est ubuesque, il va être partout », s’amuse l’avocate Rusen Aytac, du barreau de Paris. C’est un peu pour cela que Ramazan Demir courrouce tant le pouvoir, cette obsession de la défense pénale, cette manie de les « défendre tous », même les Kurdes du PKK, mais aussi tous ceux qui, globalement, ont à pâtir d’une dérive autoritaire de plus en plus évidente.